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Posted March 22, 2001
This book is a review of Johnson's book titled 'Defeating Darwinism' and includes several responses from both the intelligent design community and several theistic evolutionists. Since I am a biologists very interested in the creation-evolution controversy, and have taught the subject for over 15 years now, I am very familiar with both sides. It is obvious to me from my reading that the intelligent design people clearly have the facts on their side, and this fact is clear in this book. The book reminds me of a court battle in which one side is good at arguing their case, but the other has the facts on their side and becomes exasperated with the long windiness of the other side which proved nothing. Darwinism has been proven wrong, especially by the field of molecular biology and genetics, and it is only a matter of time before Darwinism gives out its last breath, and the sooner the better. Then we can get on with the business of finding out reality in the biological world. Much is said in this book by the theistic evolutionists about the God of the gaps problem. It should be noted that each new discovery in biology has in turn in general produced many new questions, and as each of these are answered yet more new questions are usually produced. For example, the discovery of apoptosis answered many questions but has also raised scores more. As the gaps increase, the meaning of the need for God to fill in the gaps grows, thus the concept has become more and more meaningful and valid. As our knowledge grows, so too the gaps in our knowledge also grows, and I do not see that this process as ceasing in the near future. Indeed, some people such as the former long term editor of Nature, John Maddox (see: What Remains to be Discovered), do not see this as ceasing even in the distant future.
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